Only Natural Pet Store

Only Natural Pet Store is the largest online retailer of natural pet foods and products. Dr. Jean has been working with Only Natural Pet for several years; in fact, many of her articles can be found in their Holistic Healthcare Library. ONP sells most of Dr. Jean's "Approved Brands" of cat food (listed in her eBook, "What Cats Should Eat") including frozen raw products; as well as recommended supplements; toys like "Da Bird"; and an immense array of other handy and helpful cat (and dog) care products. Enter coupon code DRJEAN20 ...

2019-07-28T14:29:38-07:00February 4th, 2012|

Report from AAFCO Pet Food Committee

The meeting of AAFCO's Pet Food Committee (PFC) was held Wednesday afternoon, with a very busy agenda. This committee is responsible for updates to the model pet food regulations that form the de facto standards for commercial pet foods. Sure, it sounds dry and boring--and indeed the pace of change often seems to match glacier movement before global warming! But if are interested in why the food you feed your pets is the way it is, it's important to understand this process. But first, a little political drama: the chairman ...

2017-03-23T14:05:03-07:00January 19th, 2012|

Hot News on Pet Food!

Little Big Cat is coming to you today from beautiful Reno, Nevada; I'm attending the mid-year meeting of AAFCO, the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If that organization sounds familiar, it's because you've seen it on virtually every can, bag, roll, and every other form of commercial pet food you've ever bought. AAFCO sets the standards for pet food regulation in the U.S. (and essentially for Canada). Although AAFCO is not itself a regulatory body, its members--volunteers from each state--are the regulators and enforcers of state laws affecting animal ...

2017-03-23T14:05:19-07:00January 17th, 2012|

“Expert” answers pet food questions

Today's New York Times featured Dr. Tony Buffington, of The Ohio State University, answering questions about pet food. (Click here to read the full article in the NYT.) For fun, I thought I'd take a shot at answering the same questions, so you can compare and contrast! Q. I buy grain-free food for my 5-year-old Labrador retriever mostly to avoid foods with fillers and/or unreliable ingredients. Your thoughts on such a diet? Also, is dog food irradiated in the United States? - JK, Flemington, N.J. I have an issue with ...

2017-03-23T15:16:45-07:00June 13th, 2011|

Lifestages, Lifestyles, and Cat Food

The number and types of commercial cat food seems multiplying like rabbits. One online store carries 353 different dry foods, and 735 varieties of canned food! Here’s a sampling of the lifestages cat food is made for: Babycat (0 to 4 months) Kitten (0 or 4 to 12 months) Adult (1 to 7 years) Mature (7 to 10 years) Senior (over 10 years) Young adult (from time of spay/neuter to 7 years) Young male (from time of neuter to 7 years) In contrast, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) ...

2012-04-06T09:48:58-07:00May 23rd, 2011|

Feline Nutrition Education Society

If you haven't heard of the Feline Nutrition Education Society, please check it out, join, and if possible, volunteer. FNES is an educational group whose aim is to teach folks how to feed their cats according to their carnivorous nature; in other words, a raw-meat based diet. Their latest blog can be found here.

2018-02-11T16:47:20-07:00February 1st, 2011|

Fluoride in Pet Food — A New Danger?

By Jean Hofve, DVM According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, excessive amounts of fluoride were found in 8 major national brands of dog and puppy food. The foods contained fluoride at levels between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's maximum legal dose in drinking water. These amounts were also higher than those associated with bone cancer in young boys in a 2006 study by Harvard scientists (Bassin 2006). Scientists have not studied the safety of high doses of fluoride for dogs, and ...

2013-02-21T20:43:44-07:00December 2nd, 2010|
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